Abortion and Scripture

Abortion is a bizarrely hot-topic subject in the modern world, and there’s no real reason for such fanaticism. It’s been legal for 40 years, and there’s no indication of any change in the near future. It is indeed a regulated practice, and relegations do change with time, but regardless, it’s still legal.

 

Social Discussion

While touted as little more than a means of birth control, any potential word against it is cause for absolute hysteria. For example, some woman dislike the birth control pill. Some such individuals state it is chemically manipulating nature, or poisoning the body, just to name two commonly cited complaints. Some women don’t like condoms or diaphragms… but, whatever the method, no one cares. It’s simply a personal preference.

Unless it’s abortion.

One word against abortion, which is supposed to be nothing more than the same thing, creates a firestorm of unhinged supporters issuing death threats and mass public outrage. The consistent and unwarranted overreaction suggests humanity is no more comfortable with abortion than non-supporters are. Dissent or disagreement is no threat whatsoever to those secure in their beliefs, be they social, political, or religious.

If society were genuinely secure in its position, no amount of disagreement would influence or affect it. Ironically, “pro-choice” supporters usually come across as anything, but “pro-choice.” Women are free to choose, so long as it conforms to what society dictates.

In reality, abortion is a billion-dollar industry that will defend itself to the death. It remains to be seen if those malicious and vehement “supporters” are actual women who support abortion, or if they’re just attack dogs for such entities as Planned Parenthood. Most come across as nothing more than trolls. There is always the chance that this overzealous backlash is done, not by regular individuals, but by those who want to ensure a money-making industry thrives.

 

Physical Discussion

Abortion is the act of killing an infant while it’s in the womb. Usually it is done for simple birth control, with only a sliver of procedures (3%-7%) done due to a threat on the mother’s life, or as a product of incest or rape. Procedures deemed “medically necessary,” due to those aforementioned reasons, have been in practice for centuries, so they do not fall within this discussion.

We do not drill holes in skulls to “cure” headaches, or put leeches on our skin to cure a cold. We should not be relying on the act of killing to prevent pregnancy. It’s just barbaric, regardless of religion or culture. The western world has made tremendous strides in the realm of reproductive options since Roe vs. Wade was passed, which merely allowed abortion as a birth control option.

We have the technology to temporarily sterilize anyone who isn’t ready for a child, and it can be undone whenever the individual is ready. The costs for pregnancy prevention, before the actual pregnancy, is far more economic than waiting until after.

Add to that the fact that health departments are in every county nationwide, and offer free birth control, including surgical sterilizations. This leaves us to wonder why such a misogynistic procedure is even still an issue.

Abortion is also medically costly. The healing time after an abortion is a full 6 weeks, the very same length given to a mother who’s given birth. It is one of the few “negative” facts allowed to be stated.

Abortion is so needlessly politicized, the United States has absolutely no standard reporting procedures for abortion complications or long-term problems. Any issues documented are done so short term. Early studies have shown a distinct relation between a history of abortion and various cancers, lower fertility rates, premature birth in later pregnancies, miscarriages, a host of physical ailments, and psychological issues, but it can’t be fully studied without igniting a veritable onslaught of fury.

 

Sources:

WOMEN’S HEALTH AFTER ABORTION


https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/im-pregnant/midwives-answer/will-past-abortion-affect-my-pregnancy

 

Scriptural Discussion

One of the most startling trends today is that of Christians who support abortion as a means of simple birth control. It’s always rationalized as “better for the baby,” but what it really says is God is mistaken, and they know better. Despite this new life being innocent, we should destroy it, because it’s inconvenient.

“Abortion” is not explicitly named in scripture because it was not normally used, outside prostitutes, much like homosexuality. The term “homosexual” wasn’t used in scripture because the word did not exist. Likewise, the practice was so rare it didn’t warrant any real emphasis. Homosexuality was included in the whole spectrum of sexual deviancy in scripture.

Does the bible mention anything against abortion? Actually, it does. Women gained the legal right to mimic prostitutes in the Twentieth Century, and for some bizarre reason, that’s considered “empowerment.” There is nothing beneficial or uplifting about abortion. There’s also no such thing as “pro-choice,” if you refuse to allow women to decide if they want to be pro-choice or pro-life.

So, does scripture imply life isn’t life prior to birth? Not at all.

 

“Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?” –Job 31:15

 

“Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” –Jeremiah 1:5

 

“It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” –Luke 17:2

 

“Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward.” –Psalms 127:3-5

 

“Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?” –Job 31:15

 

“If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.”–Exodus 21:22

 

“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” –Proverbs 6:16-19

 

“Cursed is anyone who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person.” –Deuteronomy 27:25

 

There is no scriptural basis for assuming life “doesn’t begin” until birth or after, because there’s no delay. It is life upon conception. Here is another example:

 

“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.” –Genesis 4:1